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Two Events – One Location

LearnLaunch Accelerator and the Education Market Association (EDmarket) are partnering to co-locate events: LearnLaunch Investor Summit and EDchannels, connecting edtech startups with strategic partners and exploring emerging industry-wide trends and solutions to meet distribution challenges in the marketplace.

Money and talent is pouring into edtech at an historic rate. Join us for LearnLaunch’s Investor Summit and Demo Day, the premier fall event for edtech investors, philanthropists, and senior strategic partners looking to discuss global trends that are shaping the future of learning and education, discover new investment opportunities, and create partnerships. Thought leaders, publishing executives, and leading angel, venture, and impact investors will gather in Boston for this investor-focused forum to discuss new opportunities emerging throughout the learning and education industry.
EDchannels is the only industry conference completely dedicated to exploring all of the emerging go-to-market edtech trends and strategies. It is the key place for edtech publishers, developers, and investors to meet and connect with potential distribution channel partners to accelerate product sales, adoption and plan a path to business success.

Investor Summit & Demo Day Schedule

For Investors, Philanthropists & Education Executives

Morning Schedule

9:45 am Welcome


10:00 am Morning Keynote

State of the Edtech Market – Following the Money

Keynote – 45 Minutes

This session will feature a presentation and panel featuring edtech industry players providing their insights into IPO activity, VC investment activity and M&A in the edtech arena as well as the four or five themes / focus areas that is most interesting to investors.

Moderator: Martin Keck, Principal at Needham & Co

Panelists: Tammy Mank Wincup, COO of EverFi and Paula Olson, CFO of Frontline Education, Daniel Pianko, Partner at University Ventures


11:15 am Breakout Sessions

Track 1: How to Make your EdTech Investment Successful

Panel – 45 Minutes

So you’ve made a few investments in edtech startups. Now you can just sit back and relax, right? In this session we’ll explore what investors can do to help your edtech investments succeed and maximize their impact and returns.

Moderator: Rita Ferrandino, Founding Principal of Arc Capital Development

Panelists: George Kane, General Manager of Education Ventures at Emerson Collective & Amit Patel, Partner at Owl Ventures


Track 2: LearnLaunch Accelerator Startup Pitches

Pitches – 45 Minutes

Companies from LearnLaunch’s most recent accelerator program will deliver 5 minute pitches covering the market, product, traction and team. See below for a list of those companies.

Presenters: BlocksCAD: CEO Sol Menashi, Choosito!: CEO Eleni Miltsakaki, Creatr.: CEO Jamall Oluokun, Entri: CEO Mohammed Hisamuddin, LearnBolt: CEO Steve Albanese, Schola: CEO Jaime Martinez, SchoolHack: CEO David Lipkin, WealthyLife: CEO Angel Rich, Unruly Studios: CEO Bryanne Leeming

Afternoon Schedule

12:00pm: Lunch


12:15pm: Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Edtech Startup Pitches & Deep Dives

Pitches – Concurrent 20 Minute Sessions

Investor deep dives in the form of small breakout groups. LearnLaunch’s most recent accelerator startups will present for 5 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions.

Presenters: BlocksCAD: CEO Sol Menashi, Choosito!: CEO Eleni Miltsakaki, Creatr.: CEO Jamall Oluokun, Entri: CEO Mohammed Hisamuddin, LearnBolt: CEO Steve Albanese, Schola: CEO Jaime Martinez, SchoolHack: CEO David Lipkin, WealthyLife: CEO Angel Rich, Unruly Studios: CEO Bryanne Leeming


Track 2: Breakout Session: Market Forces and How EdTech Startups are Successfully Overcoming Them

Panel – 45 Minutes

How has the edtech industry changed in the past five years? What forces are driving change for the next five years? Panelists will present case studies of the micro-problems faced by edtech startups and how they are overcoming them.

Moderator: Tetyana Astashkina, Venture Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator

Panelists: Mark Miller, Board Chair of LearnLaunch, Jean Hammond, Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator, Matt Greenfield, Managing Partner at Rethink Education



1:30 PM: Company Meetings

Track 2: LearnLaunch Accelerator Startup Pitches

Pitches – 90 Minutes

LearnLaunch Accelerator Alumni will provide 2 minute updates followed by 1-1 company meetings.

Presenters: Affordable College – CEO Sean O’Brien, Authess – CEO Paul Crockett, Cognii – CEO Dee Kanejiya, CourseStorm – CEO Brian Rahill, Cram Fighter – COO Eric Wisch, CueThink – Sheela Sethuraman, Education Modified – CEO Melissa Corto, Kaymbu – CEO Kin Lo, Listenwise – CEO Monica Brady-Myerov, Quadwrangle – CEO Nick Zeckets, Riipen – COO Dana Stephenson, TeachersConnect – CEO Dave Meyers, uConnect – CEO David Kozhuk, Quality Interactions – CEO Michele Courton Brown, Zulama – CEO Nikki Navta



3:00 pm Combined Keynote Address

EDmarket “EDtech Distribution in an Evolving Marketplace” Overview

Keynote – 90 Minutes

Today’s K-12 classrooms are in the midst of an unprecedented transition from print to digital learning products. New channels have emerged while established channels continue to evolve, with developers and publishers seeking ways to bring their products to market and determine sales channels that will best serve their needs. The Education Market Association (EDmarket) commissioned a study with researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to define the landscape for the EDtech distribution with the goal of providing a better understanding and connect publishers to these new and existing channels to help them successfully navigate the K-12 marketplace. Learn from this distinguished panel as they share their insight on the rapidly changing EDtech space.

Moderator: Angela Nelson, President of Stages Learning

Panelists: Jack Lynch, President & CEO of HMH, Jason Palmer, General Partner at New Market Venture Partners, Renee Foster, President of Curriculum Associates

4:30 pm Combined Networking Reception

Networking – 90 Minutes

Join both LearnLaunch Accelerator and Education Market Association for a combined networking reception that will provide the perfect platform to connect, share thoughts and ideas as well as network over refreshments.

Evening Schedule

6:00 pm LearnLaunch Accelerator Demo Day

Demos – 90 Minutes

LearnLaunch Accelerator’s Demo Day will showcase and celebrate the accomplishments of nine edtech startups from this summer’s Boost cohort. From AI-based research engines to test prep tools for Indian higher ed tests and school choice programs to mentorship streaming platforms for creatives, these companies are tackling customer-centric challenges across the education spectrum.

In addition to the nine boost companies, 15 LearnLaunch Accelerator alumni companies will give updates and share their successes since exiting our program.

Boost Cohort

Presenters: BlocksCAD (Boston, MA), Choosito! (Philadelphia, PA), Creatr. (New York City, NY), Entri (Cochin, India), LearnBolt (Boston, MA), Schola (Phoenix, AZ), SchoolHack (Bristol, VT), WealthyLife (Washington, DC), Unruly Studios (Boston, MA)

Alumni Companies

Presenters: Affordable College – CEO Sean O’Brien, Authess – CEO Paul Crockett, Cognii – CEO Dee Kanejiya, CourseStorm – CEO Brian Rahill, Cram Fighter – COO Eric Wisch, CueThink – Sheela Sethuraman, Education Modified – CEO Melissa Corto, Kaymbu – CEO Kin Lo, Listenwise – CEO Monica Brady-Myerov, Quadwrangle – CEO Nick Zeckets, Riipen – COO Dana Stephenson, TeachersConnect – CEO Dave Meyers, uConnect – CEO David Kozhuk, Quality Interactions – CEO Michele Courton Brown, Zulama– CEO Nikki Navta

For Curriculum Developers, Publishers, and Distributors

Monday: All Day Schedule

12:00 pm EDchannels Registration
3:00 pm Combined Keynote Address
4:30 pm Combined Networking Reception
5:30 pm * EDchannels Speed-Dining Networking Dinner

Tuesday: All Day Schedule

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Keynote: Three Real World Experiences -Success Stories of Publisher/Developer Distribution Strategies
10:30 am Breakout Theater Channel
12:00 pm Box Lunch served in Breakout Theater
1:15 pm Panel Discussion – EDtech Procurement Challenges and Successes
2:15 pm Closing Plenary 3:30 pm EDchannels Networking Reception

Who when:

Seasoned Investors (EdTech or otherwise), Angel Investors, Strategic Partners, Education and Publishing Executives & Philanthropists.

Who's went:

Curriculum Development Executives, Consultants, Association/Non-Profit, Publishers, Dealers & Distributors, Education Service Agency, Buying Cooperative, Review Platform, Innovation Hub, Value Added Reseller and Vendor Marketplace.

If you have any questions you can direct them to Asad Butt: or Ben Bungert:

Summit Speakers

George Kane

General Manager, Education Ventures, Emerson Collective

Additional EDchannels speakers include:

Ellen Bialo – CEO, President, and Founder of Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), Gary Mainor – Senior Vice President, Pearson Business Development, Hal Friedlander – Co-Founder & CEO, Technology for Education Consortium, Jim McChesney – The McChesney Group, Jim McGarry – President/CEO, Education Market Association, Dr. John Phillipo – Founder and CEO, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT), Dr. Joseph Wise – Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Distinctive Schools, Mike Hagerty –  Assistant Superintendent, Kent ISD, Sally Searby – Vice President, Renaissance, Sean Cavanagh – Senior Editor, EdWeek Market Brief, Andyshea Saberioon – Founder, PledgeCents

Our Companies

The Boost


The LearnLaunch Boost program is a three-month program designed to help early stage edtech entrepreneurs successfully grow their startups.

Founders participate in a residential program in Boston, Massachusetts, where they are immersed in a community of like-minded professionals committed to helping them grow their businesses.




LearnLaunch accelerates companies in the education space crossing the boundaries of Early Ed, K-12, Higher Ed & Workforce Development. Since 2012, the program has accelerated 45 companies, many of whom now reside in our co-working space.

On September 25th you’ll hear from 15 of our Alumni companies as they recap their progress and discuss what they’re working on next.

Confirmed Attendees

About the Co-Locating Organizations

LearnLaunch Accelerator is a leading edtech startup program, personalized for each entrepreneur. After a highly selective application process, LearnLaunch Accelerator provides the most promising edtech startups worldwide with seed funding, an unmatched team of mentors, intensive coaching and all the tools needed to grow a successful edtech startup. The LearnLaunch Accelerator fund provides a diversified platform for early stage edtech investors
EDchannels’ impetus was the culmination work completed for the commissioned study, EDtech Distribution in an Evolving Marketplace; which served as a springboard for a deeper understanding of a complex set of market relationships. The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is the leading trade organization for the educational products marketplace. EDmarket puts the collective experience of the most successful school industry businesses in the world at your fingertips.